6. Drug Use

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
2

Along with the insidious threat of infectious disease, models face a more overt challenge to their physical health: drug use, and in particular, use of cocaine. Few aspects of the world of pornographic modeling seem less free from doubt than the dependence of most performers, at one time or another, on cocaine. The view of one prominent model that in her world "everybody goes through a drug stage"[1036] is perhaps overstated; but involvement of a substantial majority of performers in the use of cocaine seems highly probable.[1037] In the opinion of at least one model, drugs are necessary in her work because "you have to hide, you have to keep your feelings and emotions from being completely destroyed. Each day [in the industry] erodes them away."[1038] It is true that Mr. Les Baker, President of the Adult Film Association of America labelled the problem of drug abuse in his industry a "misconception," contending that such abuse "is a universal problem and we of the A.F.A.A. just a small part thereof."[1039] For him drug usage by pornographic models is simply part of an infection spreading through the whole "entertainment industry."[1040] William Margold put it somewhat more positively:

I know that drugs are in my industry. I know that drugs are in almost any form of creative people. Some people seem to need them to do whatever they have to do.[1041]

We of course are in no position to compare the severity of drug abuse in the pornography industry with that in other fields; it is sufficient simply to note that by all accounts such abuse exists and inflicts serious damage on those it touches.[1042]

Notes

  1. Ginger Lynn Interview, supra note 982, p. 36.
  2. See, Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, William Roberts, p. 98. ("Drugs play a very large part in [the pornography industry]; "George", supra note 1013, p. 84 ("eighty to ninety percent of the models do delve into cocaine"); Interview: Traci Lords, Adult Video News, (Aug. 1985), p. 34 ("Many girls go through mental breakdowns or get into drugs really bad. They feel so alone because there's just nothing there. So they get into the coke crowd and that's what keeps them going.")
  3. Heather Wayne Interview, supra note 987, p. 58, Accord, Joanna Storm Interview, supra note 979, p. 60 ("I guess I used [cocaine] to escape.")
  4. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, Les Baker, p. 203B-7.
  5. Id.
  6. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol, I, William Margold, p. 413.
  7. See, Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, Les Baker, p. 203B-7 (suicide of young model linked to drugs).